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Blank screen appears on the startup with only cursor on it

My laptop starts normally, windows vista logo appears on it, but then desktop is not displayed & instead a black screen appears with cursor

i repaired it with vista cd but the problem is not solved, i did system restore but still the problem persists

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  • jmcnamara7 Feb 18, 2009

    Hard drive went bad after just after a year. Replaced hard drive and used Acer's Recovery Discs. Recovery seemed to work fine, but when I rebooted, the Acer screen flashes for a second and then I get a black screen with a cursor in the top left corner. Attemps to get help from the Acer support has been very slow and not helpful.

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The Acer Recovery CDs do not set the Boot flag on the hard drive. I had to manually set the boot flag to on using GPARTED Live. After restarting using the GPARTED CD, you can manage the flags under the partition drop down and click on the Boot flag. After exiting GPARTED, I rebooted the laptop and no more black screen....fixed!!
I hope this helps others.

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